The Sims 2 Hardware Performance Guide

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Published by Bluehair 16 years ago , last updated 4 years ago
[b]GameSpot Hardware[/b] has put online an article offering guidance on how to get the most of the game in terms of performance without sacrificing too much on the eye candy. It's divided into four sections: video card, game settings, CPU, and memory.
Game Settings With most modern machines you're able to set all the graphics settings to high and enjoy the scenery. However, if you can count the dust rings on the inside of your computer, you might want to tone down some of the quality settings to improve frame rates. We experimented with the different in-game graphical settings to see which options affected performance the most.
Graphics The Sims 2 has very reasonable hardware requirements, but we wouldn't necessarily want to play the game on a machine with bare minimum specifications. We tested the game with everything from the top-of-the-line GeForce 7800 GTX to the don't-look-at-my-video-card-it's-hideous GeForce 4 MX 440.
CPU The Sims 2 only asks for a Pentium III 800MHz CPU. We didn't have a test bed that had that slow of a CPU, but we did use our Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and an unlocked Pentium 4 3.4GHz to test. To see how well the game performs across different CPU speeds, we reduced the speed of our Pentium 4 3.4GHz down to 2.8GHz, and then further down to 1.6GHz to see how the CPU affected performance.
Memory We varied the amount of system RAM (256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB) on our test bed to see if memory has an affect on frame rates.
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